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What is Amazon CloudFront?

Amazon CloudFront can be used to deliver your entire website, including dynamic, static, streaming, and interactive content using a global network of edge locations. Requests for your content are automatically routed to the nearest edge location, so content is delivered with the best possible performance.

What is Fastly?

Fastly's real-time content delivery network gives you total control over your content, unprecedented access to performance analytics, and the ability to instantly update content in 150 milliseconds.

What is MaxCDN?

The MaxCDN Content Delivery Network efficiently delivers your site’s static file through hundreds of servers instead of slogging through a single host. This "smart route" technology distributes your content to your visitors via the city closest to them.
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    What are some alternatives to Amazon CloudFront, Fastly, and MaxCDN?
    Akamai
    If you've ever shopped online, downloaded music, watched a web video or connected to work remotely, you've probably used Akamai's cloud platform. Akamai helps businesses connect the hyperconnected, empowering them to transform and reinvent their business online. We remove the complexities of technology, so you can focus on driving your business faster forward.
    CloudFlare
    Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet.
    Google Cloud Storage
    Google Cloud Storage allows world-wide storing and retrieval of any amount of data and at any time. It provides a simple programming interface which enables developers to take advantage of Google's own reliable and fast networking infrastructure to perform data operations in a secure and cost effective manner. If expansion needs arise, developers can benefit from the scalability provided by Google's infrastructure.
    Amazon S3
    Amazon Simple Storage Service provides a fully redundant data storage infrastructure for storing and retrieving any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web
    Azure CDN
    It lets you reduce load times, save bandwidth, and speed responsiveness—whether you’re developing or managing websites or mobile apps, or encoding and distributing streaming media, gaming software, firmware updates, or IoT endpoints.
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    Decisions about Amazon CloudFront, Fastly, and MaxCDN
    Johnny Bell
    Johnny Bell
    Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 8 upvotes · 75K views
    GitHub
    GitHub
    Netlify
    Netlify
    Amazon S3
    Amazon S3
    Buddy
    Buddy
    Amazon CloudFront
    Amazon CloudFront
    CloudFlare
    CloudFlare
    Code Climate
    Code Climate
    #Devops
    #Webpack
    #Git
    #Gzip

    When I first built my portfolio I used GitHub for the source control and deployed directly to Netlify on a push to master. This was a perfect setup, I didn't need any knowledge about #DevOps or anything, it was all just done for me.

    One of the issues I had with Netlify was I wanted to gzip my JavaScript files, I had this setup in my #Webpack file, however Netlify didn't offer an easy way to set this.

    Over the weekend I decided I wanted to know more about how #DevOps worked so I decided to switch from Netlify to Amazon S3. Instead of creating any #Git Webhooks I decided to use Buddy for my pipeline and to run commands. Buddy is a fantastic tool, very easy to setup builds, copying the files to my Amazon S3 bucket, then running some #AWS console commands to set the content-encoding of the JavaScript files. - Buddy is also free if you only have a few pipelines, so I didn't need to pay anything 🤙🏻.

    When I made these changes I also wanted to monitor my code, and make sure I was keeping up with the best practices so I implemented Code Climate to look over my code and tell me where there code smells, issues, and other issues I've been super happy with it so far, on the free tier so its also free.

    I did plan on using Amazon CloudFront for my SSL and cacheing, however it was overly complex to setup and it costs money. So I decided to go with the free tier of CloudFlare and it is amazing, best choice I've made for caching / SSL in a long time.

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    Johnny Bell
    Johnny Bell
    Senior Software Engineer at StackShare · | 7 upvotes · 35.6K views
    Amazon S3
    Amazon S3
    Amazon CloudFront
    Amazon CloudFront
    CloudFlare
    CloudFlare

    I recently moved my portfolio to Amazon S3 and I needed a new way to cache and SSL my site as Amazon S3 does not come with this right out of the box. I tried Amazon CloudFront as I was already on Amazon S3 I thought this would be super easy and straight forward to setup... It was not, I was unable to get this working even though I followed all the online steps and even reached out for help to Amazon.

    I'd used CloudFlare in the past, and thought let me see if I can set up CloudFlare on an Amazon S3 bucket. The setup for this was so basic and easy... I had it setup with caching and SSL within 5 minutes, and it was 100% free.

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    Justin Dorfman
    Justin Dorfman
    Developer Evangelist at StackShare · | 4 upvotes · 36.7K views
    MaxCDN
    MaxCDN
    GitHub Pages
    GitHub Pages
    Netlify
    Netlify
    Let's Encrypt
    Let's Encrypt
    Jekyll
    Jekyll
    Bootstrap
    Bootstrap
    jQuery
    jQuery
    Grunt
    Grunt
    Fastly
    Fastly
    #CDN
    #GoogleFonts
    #StaticSiteGenerators
    #Webperf

    When my SSL cert MaxCDN was expiring on my personal site I decided it was a good time to revamp some things. Since GitHub Services is depreciated I can no longer have #CDN cache purges automated among other things. So I decided on the following: GitHub Pages, Netlify, Let's Encrypt and Jekyll. Staying the same was Bootstrap, jQuery, Grunt & #GoogleFonts.

    What's awesome about GitHub Pages is that it has a #CDN (Fastly) built-in and anytime you push to master, it purges the cache instantaneously without you have to do anything special. Netlify is magic, I highly recommend it to anyone using #StaticSiteGenerators.

    For the most part, everything went smoothly. The only things I had issues with were the following:

    • If you want to point www to GitHub Pages you need to rename the repo to www
    • If you edit something in the _config.yml you need to restart bundle exec jekyll s or changes won't show
    • I had to disable the Grunt htmlmin module. I replaced it with Jekyll layout that compresses HTML for #webperf

    Last but certainly not least, I made a donation to Let's Encrypt. If you use their service consider doing it too: https://letsencrypt.org/donate/

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    Bram Verdonck
    Bram Verdonck
    Founder at CloudvCard · | 5 upvotes · 9.5K views
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    CloudFlare
    CloudFlare
    Amazon Route 53
    Amazon Route 53
    Amazon CloudFront
    Amazon CloudFront
    AWS CloudFormation
    AWS CloudFormation

    Yesterday we moved away from using CloudFlare towards Amazon Route 53 for a few reasons. Although CloudFlare is a great platform, once you reach almost a 100% AWS Service integration, it makes it hard to still use CloudFlare in the stack. Also being able to use Aliases for DNS makes it faster because instead of doing a CNAME and an A record lookup, you will be able to receive the A records from the end services directly. We always loved working with CloudFlare , especially for DNS as we already used Amazon CloudFront for CDN. But having everything within AWS makes it "cleaner" when deploying automatically using AWS CloudFormation. All that aside, the main reason for moving towards Amazon Route 53 for DNS is the ability to do geolocation and latency based DNS responses. Doing this outside the AWS console would increase the complexity.

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    Reviews of Amazon CloudFront, Fastly, and MaxCDN
    Review ofMaxCDNMaxCDN

    Their website only shows the prices for some aspects of the service, mainly just the bandwidth. But where they really get you is by charging high fees for everything else. Their basic rate only includes North America and Europe. You have to pay extra for other locations. Then hosting a subdomain costs $100 extra/month (no idea why, other CDNs do it for free), additional zones cost extra (normally free with other CDNs), no caching rules unless you pay extra, hidden fees for push data storage, etc etc.

    Review ofFastlyFastly

    In addition to having a great service, a powerful API and a perfect uptime the one thing that's really awesome about Fastly is their support. They respond really fast, are very knowledgeable, and do everything they can to help you with your problem (and that includes 1-to-1 chat on irc, skype/hangout call, etc.). Such a great experience.

    Review ofAmazon CloudFrontAmazon CloudFront

    I love CloudFront. All my assets are hosted by them, and they cut page load time in half, and my average bill is around $0.15/month. They're good, fast, and cheap — pick three!

    Review ofFastlyFastly

    Incredible. Lets us cache dynamic pages. Makes other CDNs feel like unwieldy beasts. Support is second to none.

    How developers use Amazon CloudFront, Fastly, and MaxCDN
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    StackShare uses Amazon CloudFrontAmazon CloudFront

    We chose CloudFront mostly because it’s incredibly popular. But also because it’s the recommended CDN for Heroku, which means there shouldn’t be any problems using them together. Rails makes it really easy to drop in a CDN reference for your app so that when your assets get compiled, they’re shipped off to the CDN and then deployed with your app.

    So anytime we push to Heroku, we’re pushing up to CloudFront (if the assets don’t already exist). One major issue we still haven’t been able to solve involves Fonts. Has anyone actually been able to get fonts served up through CloudFront using Rails 4 and Heroku? Literally spent hours researching this and can’t find any solutions. We ended up just referencing a CDN for all the font libraries.

    We have a separate distribution for each environment, since I don’t think it’s possible to use the same distribution for the multiple domains.

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    Volkan Özçelik uses Amazon CloudFrontAmazon CloudFront

    I use CloudFront to front the static website at zerotoherojs.com that I host in an s3 bucket.

    This way, I don’t have to worry about scalability or performance, as I’ll know that the content will be delivered to the users as fast as possible from the closest edge location.

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    Pathwright uses Amazon CloudFrontAmazon CloudFront

    Parked in front of an nginx instance that serves all of our static assets. Performance and reliability have been excellent, and the header pass-through rules are wonderful. Price is affordable, as well.

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    Jeff Flynn uses Amazon CloudFrontAmazon CloudFront

    In my opinion, the best Content Delivery Network for the money. This, along with other services from AWS's ecosystem make this the easy choice for CDN. Fast, simple and cheap.

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    CloudRepo uses Amazon CloudFrontAmazon CloudFront

    We use this because it's a CDN that sits in front of our static resources hosted in S3. It makes it so that users in other countries can have quick access to our portal.

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    Elite Strategies uses MaxCDNMaxCDN

    We added MaxCDN in hopes we could offer a faster loading website to our blog readers.

    Avatar of Joel Bryan Juliano
    Joel Bryan Juliano uses MaxCDNMaxCDN

    It utilizes CDN for loading Semantic-UI

    Avatar of Dan Ward
    Dan Ward uses MaxCDNMaxCDN

    CDN for MANY javascript libraries.

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    Nayemk uses MaxCDNMaxCDN

    I'm jobs I'm software engineer

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    GagList uses MaxCDNMaxCDN

    We used bootstrap CDN

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    alfredxing uses FastlyFastly

    CDN and caching

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